Marvel has plans for an unlikely character! While the cinematic/television universe has typically focused on larger names, it sounds as if they have designs for… Night Nurse.
‘Night Nurse’ was the name of a soap opera-type comic that debuted and was quickly cancelled in 1972. Night Nurse wasn’t actually a code name, but a general title that referred to the three young female leads, Linda Carter, Christine Palmer and Georgia Jenkins. The book was apparently set in the mainstream Marvel Universe, but these tales were strictly dramatic, with no signs of super heroes or villains.
Of the three stars, Linda Carter actually first appeared in a comedic series that began in 1961 and she has remained the most recurring. In what is almost a running gag, Marvel writers have continued to occasionally include the Night Nurses in regular super hero stories, usually when the various heroes get a little banged up and need medical attention. Carter actually calls herself Night Nurse, despite having obtained her doctorate and even wears a cape, despite not having any super powers. She most recently served as the romantic interest of… Doctor Strange!
And of course, ‘Doctor Strange’ is the next solo Marvel hero to have his own movie, due in theaters on November 4th, 2016. The film is being directed by Scott Derrickson, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. Recently, it was announced that Rachel McAdams had been offered the female lead. The most common assumption was that she would play Clea, the daughter of powerful sorcerer Dormamu. But could she actually be portraying Night Nurse?
On the Netflix ‘Daredevil’ series, Rosario Dawson plays Claire Temple, a character from the comics that started as a nurse, but later became a doctor. She was married to Doctor Bill Foster, a.k.a. Black Goliath (later Giant-Man, later Goliath, now dead) but also had a romantic relationship with Luke Cage.
Early reports were that Dawson was playing Night Nurse (one of them) but that apparently had to be changed due to the fact that Marvel already had other plans.
‘Daredevil’ showrunner Steven DeKnight explained, “The feature [movie] side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict. So we just used another name.”
So expect to see Night Nurse in a movie at some point, most likely in ‘Doctor Strange’ and possibly with McAdams in the role.
Sure, there were three stars of ‘Night Nurse’ but the most frequently seen is Linda Carter so that is likely the lady that will be used. The only problem with that is that, of course, DC’s flagship female super hero, Wonder Woman was famously portrayed by Lynda Carter. Would that be too confusing?
Are you excited at the possibility of seeing Rachel McAdams as Linda Carter, Night Nurse? Or is there another role that you’d like to see Night Nurse play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Source: Comic Book Movie